There are various social issues in the world in each region.
As the Komatsu Group develops its business globally, we listen to the voices of people living in the various local communities in our areas of operation, and actively carry out support activities to improve the living standards. We consider conducting such social contribution activities as a responsibility of doing business around the world.
In Oceania, Komatsu Australia (KAL) is playing a key role in an employee engagement program to support the resolution of various social issues which local communities are facing.
In this employee engagement program, called “Live Your Dream,” individual employees first explain local issues they are concerned about daily to the committee members and then come up with potential solutions against these problems. We are promoting the program to give each employee who is actively involved in this program an opportunity to consider solutions that contribute to the communities where we operate.
Once “dreams” are selected, activities are conducted in cooperation with local NPOs involved in the resolution of such issues. In the first year, 2018, a total of eight dreams, such as “Supporting mothers with antenatal and postnatal depression” and “Supporting children and their families living with autism” were implemented. While putting the highest priority to making contributions to local communities, we will continue to energize this program.
In Brazil, the Komatsu Women’s Judo Club held Judo classes and Judo events in 2015, 2016 and 2017. It came to our attention through a Judo club that participated in those Judo events that three children designated as representatives of Brazil for the under-13 category at the “Pan American Judo Championship” and “South American Judo Championship” had difficulties overcoming financial issues and raising money for travel to participate in those championships.
In response to this, Komatsu do Brasil (KDB) and Komatsu Brasil International Ltda. (KBI) decided to donate travel expenses for the three representative athletes and presented flight tickets to them at the KDB building.
As a result, the championships ended with brilliant accomplishments: two of the athletes won Gold medals for both championships and one athlete won Gold and Bronze medals. When the athletes visited KDB again in December, they conveyed their joy and appreciation to us. Komatsu would like to continue to support them and watch their continued success in future too.
Komatsu has been continually implementing demining and community development projects aiming for reconstruction since 2008. To let employees of the Komatsu Group experience the accomplishments of the activities we have performed in Cambodia, we held an employee engagement study tour for the first time in February 2019.
Many areas in Cambodia still have various types of landmines, and there is no end of victims injured by those threats. There are people who have to live in places even if they know there are landmines. We held this tour so that our employees can see, know and feel these situations in Cambodia. We also wanted the participants to touch upon Komatsu’s demining machines in operation, and the operations of our impayable partner, Japan Mine Action Service, an approved specified non-profit organization that has been helping local communities for many years.
A total of thirty-nine participants visited several elementary schools built in demined areas. They repainted the school building with students and installed play equipment made of used tires on the school grounds. Throughout the six-day, five-night schedule, they enjoyed communicating with local people. We received a lot of happy comments from the local residents like “It’s much more convenient with the new wide roads! I use it every day” and “I am glad to have an elementary school in my neighborhood. I want children to study hard and get a good job.”